Mail Art with Stencil & Gel Pens

Mail Art with Stencil & Gel Pens


– Hi everyone, Kristina Werner here. Welcome to another Mail Art
video for simonsaysstamp.com. Today I’m going to be using this fun stencil called Line Dance, as well as Gelly Roll pens to
create a fun envelope design. I’m gonna use a black envelope. These Gelly Roll pens look
great on top of dark surfaces, so a black envelope is perfect. In order to keep the stencil in place and kind of stabilize it while I’m tracing around the
different edges of the stencil, I’m going to tape it down. I’ve taped the stencil to the envelop as well as taping it all the
way down onto my work surface. That’s just going to
really ground the stencil and just make everything more stable as I work on this design. These Gelly Roll pens are from the Moonlight Collection from Sakura. These pens in particular are perfect. They’re for dark surfaces. They’re almost like a neon color, they’re bright and colorful. On top of black, it
almost looks to me like the lines are glowing. I thought that looked really cool. It looks a little bit like those, signs, those light up glowing signs at stores and Las Vegas or big cities. I thought this kind of mod design from the Line Dance stencil
would be perfect for this. As I’m using each one of these colors, I’m tracing multiple
sections of this design. I’m moving around and making sure that the same color isn’t
used in multiple sections. This is gonna make it so that things look a little more spread out. The colors are going
all around this design. I’m also using my fingertips
to hold down the stencil right around where I’m
going to be drawing. This is because this stencil, because it has a lot of
open areas in the middle, it can be a little skewed
or pushed by the pen. I found that I needed to
hold that stencil in place so that I wouldn’t veer
off in the wrong direction and not have it be the
actual stencil design. So, I’m using my fingertips
and pressing those down and just going around all
the different sections adding different neon
colors of Gelly Roll pen. I saved this section in the
center left for a white gel pen so I grabbed my number five
white gel pen or Gelly Roll pen, and this is the very fine tip white pen. There are three different widths of this white Gelly Roll pen. There’s a five, an eight, and a 10. Number five is the one
that matches the width of these other colored pens, so that’s the one that I’ve used. That white section is actually going to be where I address my envelope. I’m gonna lift the stencil now and very gently peel up this tape. I wanna make sure it’s not going to tear the surface of the envelope so I’m very gentle and slow
when I peel off the tape. You can see how that design
looks awesome like this. It looks really cool. I’m now going to pencil in
the area for the address and plan out all of the writing. I’m using a pencil for this and I’ve also got my eraser on hand so that I can really
plan and erase sections and design this as I go. The idea behind this
particular writing style is I’m going to do a mixture of
capital and lowercase letters, as well as very straight
and streamlined letters and more curved or cursive letters. I also want the letters to
nestle in next to each other so I’m going to spend quite a bit of time trying to get the spacing just right. I’m going to erase a lot of things. I wanted to mention that the eraser that I’m using today is an Arch eraser and it’s a foam eraser. It’s really gentle and it
won’t tear up the surface of your paper or card stock. I really have been
enjoying using this eraser. It’s one of my favorites. So, after I had all of this penciled in, I then switch to a thicker white gel pen. This is the number 10. The reason why I switched to this one is I wanted the address
to really stand out. I didn’t want it to be lost on this otherwise very
busy envelope design. I wanted to make sure that the address really felt like it was glowing
and really, really bright. I also wanted to mention that this address is used with permission. Thank you so much, Kasey. So, no worries about
this address being shown on the internet. After I had all of that penciled in, I decided to add a few details around some of the different
sections on the design. I grabbed the thin white pen again. The one that I used to
outline the white area. I’m going to do some diagonal
lines and vertical lines. I’m just gonna kinda change
the direction of the lines for each one of these different sections. I started with this little
one down below on the circle and then I just went to different areas. Most of them are smaller areas and I just kind of spread them around. I wanted it to be pretty random. The last thing I needed to do, as far as the front of the envelope goes, is erase all the pencil lines from penciling in that address area. I waited plenty of time for that white gel pen
to dry before I did that. I then put my return address
on the flap on the back. This is another example of how you can mix upper and lowercase letters, as well as really streamlined letters and more cursive letters. This is nice mixture and I think it makes it really, really fun and gives it a more whimsical look. After I had my address on there it just needed a stamp, a
postage stamp on the front. So, I’m using this fun Janis Joplin stamp. I thought the colors worked well. That finishes the envelope for this month. Hope you guys enjoyed. This is a really simple
idea just using gel pens or blending ink or something
like that for a stencil. Thanks so much for watching and I will catch you guys again
in another video very soon. (upbeat music)

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